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The i30 is Hyundai’s answer to the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. The new Generation i30 is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor – generating sportier exterior proportions without compromising interior functionality. Offered in three and five door hatchback guises, as well as an estate – all models come with a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
The engine lineup ranges from a 98 bhp 1.4-litre petrol to a 126 bhp 1.6-litre diesel. Tested here is the ultra efficient 109 bhp ‘Blue Drive’ diesel, which returns a claimed 76.3 combined mpg and emits only 97g/km, making it road tax exempt. Trim levels run from the basic Classic to Active, Style, Style Nav and Premium. All models come with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), air-conditioning, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and USB connectivity. This Active spec car adds, cruise control, rear parking sensors, electric and front and rear windows.
Inside, the i30’s fascia looks attractively designed, if slightly reminiscent of some familiar European models. Regardless, it’s a big improvement on the old car: with titanium effect and piano black glossy effect trim on the dashboard and door cards trimmed with quality-feeling fabric.
There’s a spacious feeling throughout the cabin and in the rear there’s ample head and legroom to accommodate six-footers. Additional benefit for a third rear passenger is lack of transmission tunnel hump. Back bench is comfortable, with ample leg support. Headrests are adjustable and also fold flat to aid driver visibility.
Stowage space is plentiful in the i30 – the centre cubby is particular capacious – big enough to fit a small bag. There’s another little area for coins, cupholders, and a tray in the front of the gearstick. The boot has pretty good access and offers 378 litres of capacity – more than either the VW Golf or Ford Focus. With the rear seats folded flat, space increases to an equally impressive 1316 litres.
Switchgear operates with a well-damped, quality feel and the ventilation controls are clear and pleasant to use. The majority of controls are also set high up on the dash making it easier for drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
There’s a good, adjustable driving position (including height adjustable driver’s seat) and seats are well judged in size, padding and provide a well-judged balance of bolstering and comfort.
This 109 bhp ‘Blue Drive’ diesel proves eager enough once the revs are up, but can lack low-down pulling power, resulting in frequent use of the gearbox at lower speeds – but the gear change is slick and easy to use. Steering is nicely weighted and the leather-clad steering wheel rim is comfortable to grip.
This Blue Drive model gets high profile tyres, which help to provide extra cushioning to an already pliant ride, making i30 a comfortable companion even when road surfaces deteriorate. Elsewhere refinement levels impress, only marred by some road rumble intrusion.
It might not be the most interesting hatchback to drive, but it’s certainly capable, secure and hassle-free. The more time you spend behind the i30’s wheel, the more you begin to appreciate just how much it does right.
Hyundai’s i30 is an appealing, well-rounded package, offering a persuasive mix of talents: it’s worthy of serious consideration.
Hyundai i30 Active 1.6 CRDi 110PS Blue Drive
Engine: 1.6-litre Euro V diesel DOHC 16v
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
0-62 mph: 11.5 seconds
Top speed: 115 mph
Economy: 76.3 mpg (combined)
CO2 Emissions: 97g/km
Car Spec & Details:
- Model: i30 Active 1.6 CRDi
- Year: 2014